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Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

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2 hours ago, Gianlu33 said:

RAI sport will show Italy-Turkey whit 1 hour of delay becouse they must show the replay of the Giro d'Italia :lol: Please, kill me now.

 

It turned out to be a good decision :lol:

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WOMEN'S Week 1, day 2 SCHEDULE (16 MAY 2018)

all times are CEST

 

10:00:DOM Dominican Republic - :KOR South Korea 

13:30 :ARG Argentina  - :NED Netherlands

13:30 :CHN China -  :BEL Belgium

16:00 :RUS Russia - :THA Thailand 

20:00 :BRA Brazil - :JPN Japan 

22:30 :GER Germany - :SRB Serbia
00:00 :ITA Italy -:POL Poland
02:30 :TUR  Turkey - :USA United States

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DAY 01 SUMMARY 


 

 :BEL Belgium 3-0 :KOR South Korea 

 

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Ningbo, China, May 15, 2018 - Led by a brilliant all-round performance from Britt Herbots, Belgium made history by being the first women's team to win a match at the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) win over Korea on Tuesday.

 
Herbot finished with a game-high 16 points from 14 spikes,1 block and one ace as the Europeans made the perfect start to the VNL, collecting maximum points in front of a thoroughly entertained crowd at the Beilun gymnasium in the Chinese city of Ningbo.
 
Kaja Grobelna was also superb in scoring 14 points while Celina Van Gestel chipped in with 11.
 
Belgium, ranked equal 13th in the world, had lost their last 11 matches in a row at world level but produced one of their best performances in years to surprise the 10th-ranked Koreans with a potent blend of attack and defence.
 
Korea made a confident start to the match, winning the first three points after back-to-back spikes from Yeon-koung Kim, but the 2014 Asian Games champions were unable to shake off the Europeans.
 
Kim Yeon-koung led her team with 15 spikes (15-35) and was well supported by Jaeyeong Lee, who finished with 10 points. 
 
With Belgium coach Gert Vande Broek roaring on his players from courtside, the Yellow Tigers hit the front for the first time at 12-11 then surged away to win the opening set in strong fashion after a series of thrilling rallies that had the crowd on its feet.
 
Putting Korea under constant pressure from the front and back of the court with some spectacular digs, Belgium took control of the second set from the outset, racing to a 23-16 lead after another block from the athletic Herbots. 
 
But the Koreans, who had contributed to their own plight with some loose serving, reeled off six points in a row to put Belgium under pressure for the first time only for the Yellow Tigers to regain their composure to close out the set for a 2-0 lead. 
 
After struggling to get past the Belgian block in the first two sets, the Koreans began to find some success early on in the third but the Yellow Tigers once again took control with Manon Stragier sealing the victory with an ace.

 

 

 :THA Thailand 0-3 :NED Netherlands

 

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Ekaterinburg, Russia, May 15, 2018 - Netherlands are off and running in the inaugural women's FIVB Nations League after a Celeste Plak-inspired straight-sets victory over Thailand 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-13).

 
The Netherlands - ranked 8th in the world rankings - were hot favourites to get their Pool One campaign off to a good start against a Thailand side who are 8 places below them in the standings. And they didn't disappoint in Ekaterinburg, around 780 kilometres east of the capital Moscow, with Plak's aerial dominance proving decisive.
 
Anne Buijs and Plak were the attacking orchestrators for a powerful and experienced Dutch side, while the likes of Nicole Koolhaus, Yvon Belien and libero Kirsten Knip provided the defensive resilience with some superb blocking to keep a lively Thailand side at arms length.
 
Thailand were far from overawed and had some impressive performers, with Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Chatshu-on Moksri their most prominent attacking threats throughout - although they were ultimately outclassed.
 
The first set was nip and tuck early on with both teams sussing each other out, but the Dutch worked their way into a 7-9 lead, and the Thais were never able to bridge the gap. Back-to-back spikes from Buijs put the Netherlands 16-12 in front and they were able to hold off a mini Thailand revival to close out the set thanks to another superb block from the imposing figure of Plak (25-20). 
 
Into set two and underdogs Thailand started superbly with Kongyot and Moksri on song, but the Dutch slowly began to take control. With Thailand 8-7 up in the second, Jamie Morrison's Dutch side struck 4 successive points to take control of the set. Buijs kept the Thais at bay with some superb spikes, but Moksri's block on Plak brought Thailand back to within one before Pleumjit Thinkaow's thunderous effort hauled them level at 20-20 - with Morrison calling a timeout to calm some flapping Dutch heads. But it didn't work as Thailand incredibly took 4 straight points to level at 24-24 and seize the momentum. But the Netherlands wrestled control back with a huge spike from Plak giving them another set point, before a brilliant Belien block from Onuma Sittirak's attempted spike finally giving the Dutch a two-set lead (26-24). 
 
Thailand, who hadn't beaten the Dutch for 8 years, seemed to be affected by their failure to win that tight second set and it was the Netherlands who ran away with things in the third. Plak, who was playing in her 189th international match, thumped down a spike for 3-2 before the Thais levelled. But an incredible run of Dutch points - including Laura Dijkamer's gorgeous dummy - moved the favourites 11-3 ahead; with Plak winning 8 straight serves to put the game out of Thailand's reach. Further Plak spikes ensured Morrison's side sustained their big lead, and a Britt Bongaerts ace stretched the advantage to 11 points. Nicole Oude Luttikhuis' delicate hands at the net wrapped up the set and the match as the Netherlands - who beat Russia 3-2 in the 2016 World Grand Prix to finish third - rounded out a comfortable win in their opening game. Tougher tests await against Russia and Argentina in Pool One, but this was an impressive start by a slick Dutch side. 

 

 :CHN China 3-0 :DOM Dominican Republic

 

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Ningbo, China, May 15, 2018 - Teenage sensation Yingying Li provided an awesome reminder of why she is regarded as one of China's rising stars as she helped the host-nation to an emphatic 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-11) win over the Dominican Republic in the opening round of the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.

 
With China's captain Zhu Ting sitting out the match, the 18-year-old Li took over the reins and produced a dominant all-round display, scoring 17 points, as the world's number one team flexed their muscles with an ominous victory against a brave Dominican Republic team.
 
Li was well supported by her star-studded team mates, with Xinyue Yuan (13 points) and Xiaotong Liu (10 points) both making strong contributions as the Rio Olympic champions collected maximum points with a straight sets win to reinforce their status as one of the favourites to create history by winning the new competition.
 
Dominican Republic, ranked 9th in the world, stuck with China for almost half of the opening set but were unable to keep up with the tournament hosts, despite a strong showing from outside hitter Brayelin Martinez (12 points), Gaila Gonzalez (6 points) and veteran middle blocker Annerys Vargas contributing three.
 
Li signalled her intentions from the outset with an early spike but it was China's scrambling defense and improvised shotmaking that proved decisive in the set, exemplified by one of the best rallies of the match which ended with Xia Ding hitting the winner.
 
China racked up 16 spikes in winning the opening set and kept the Dominican Republic under constant pressure in the second set with even better defence, scoring off seven blocks in the set, with Xiaotong Liu's effort giving China a 2-0 lead.
 
The third set was the host team's most dominant, highlighted by three unreturnable serves, including an ace from Li as China registered their 21st win from their last 22 matches against Dominican Republic.
 
China faces Belgium in the next round of matches on Wednesday while Dominican Republic takes on Korea.
 
 

 

 :RUS Russia 3-1  :ARG Argentina

 

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Ekateringburg, Russia, May 15, 2018 - Hosts Russia recovered from a slow start to see off Argentina in 4 sets 3-1 (20-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-22) and get off to a positive start in the inaugural Volleyball Nations League as they joined the Netherlands at the top of Pool One.

 
The world's 5th-best side, Russia, were the favourites to win this hotly anticipated contest, but the 9th-ranked Argentineans hadn't read the script early on as they silenced the Ekaterinburg crowd with a terrific display in the opening set.
 
Russia had their inspirational captain Kseniia Ilchenko Parubets to thank as she weighed in with 14 spikes and 3 blocks in a virtuoso display, while she was ably supported by the menacing attacking duo of Natalia Malykh (13 spikes) and Irina Voronkova (11 spikes), as Argentina had no answer to the hosts' power.
 
Elina Rodriguez - who hit 10 spikes - was a focal point in the Argentina attack in the first set, while Anahi Tosi struck 16 despite some crucial misses. Clarisa Sagardia provided the perfect foil as a setter early on before fading badly - like the rest of her team-mates as they were outplayed in the middle of the contest.
 
Roared on by the home crowd and with a dominant 4-0 winning record against the South Americans, Russia were expected to come out of the traps firing on all cyclinders, but they looked short of cohesion and creativity against an impressive looking visiting side. Guillermo Orduna's side were quick and powerful early on and found themselves 8-6 in front at the first technical time out, with the Russians looking lethargic. Rodriguez was mopping up from the net and another spike put Argentina 4 points clear at 14-10. The lead was stretched to 8 at 22-14 and despite a mini Russian revival, Argentina held firm to see out the set 25-20.
 
But any Argentine hopes of a straight-sets win were well and truly quashed at the beginning of the second set with Russia starting quickly. Captain Kseniia Ilchenko Parubets, Irina Voronkova and Natalia Malykh were influential as the hosts rediscovered their mojo. Malykh was a constant threat from spike range and Voronkova's powerful serving and blocking ability proved a thorn in the Argentina attack. Malykh fired a couple of aces to put Russia 17-9 in front in the second before an outstanding Irina Fetisova block stretched the lead to 10 (21-11). The visitors looked a shadow of the side that were so dominant in the opening set and a Rodriguez missed spike put Russia away two points from levelling the match (23-12). The 2016 Olympic quarter-finalists saw out the set 25-13 to level the contest at 1 set all.
 
The momentum was with Vadim Pankov's girls and they continued to put Argentina under enormous pressure in the third set. Parubets' superb serving - she won 9 straight points from the first technical time out to beyond the second - provided the foundations, while Voronkova continued to marshall the defence as Argentina's communication began to break down. Parubets fired down a spike to make it 19-8 as she continued to dominate with the beleaguered Argentineans unable to muster any sort of response. The third set was inevitably closed out emphatically, 25-13. 
 
Russia got slightly sloppy in the fourth and they were almost pegged back. Coach Pankov called a team time out with his team down 1-4 in the set, and Parubets came off the bench to solidify the defence. Rodriguez's wonderful spike edged Argentina 12-10 in front and gave them some hope of a famous comeback, but from them on it was all about Russia. Tatiana Romanova's exquisite work set up the irrepressible Voronkova who thumped home to give the hosts a 14-12 lead. And despite battling hard, Argentina were never able to close the gap as Russia came through to take the fourth set, 25-22, and wrap up an impressive comeback victory.
 
Russia are one of only 3 nations, as well as China and Cuba, to have won every world level major women's tournament, and on this evidence they look a good bet to challenge for their first major crown since winning the 2010 World Championship.
 
 
 

 :BRA Brazil 1-3 :GER Germany

 

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Barueri, Brazil, May 15, 2018 - Louisa Lippmann brilliantly led from the front as Germany recovered from a set down to beat Brazil for the first time in 16 years following a dramatic 3-1 win (25-15. 22-25, 18-25, 20-25).
 

The 23 year-old opposite spiker weighed in with 14 points and three blocks, superbly helping out a resolute German defense as the hosts were rocked in their first match of the new Volleyball Nations League competition. 

 
Lippmann was ably assisted by the tireless Maren Fromm (19 points ) and Jennifer Geerties (six points) as Germany , who have failed to qualify for the last three Olympics , defeated the South Americans who trudged off court in shock. 
 
It was an astonishing turnaround in Pool Four considering Brazil’s dominance in the first set with libero Suelen and Ana Carolina Da Silva getting firmly on top of the opposition. 
 
But the Germans regrouped and sensationally roared back to produce one of the biggest shocks in volleyball history. 
 
It was no surprise that hopes were high for Brazil in Sao Paulo. Currently ranked fourth in the world, the reigning South American champions have lost just one of their last 21 major matches - albeit a crushingly disappointing quarter-final defeat at Rio 2016. 
 
Their last home defeat in major tournaments other than the Olympics was in 2010.

Yet Jose ‘ Ze Roberto’ Guimaraes’s team began their quest to win the inaugural VNL tournament knowing Germany have lost their last 15 matches against them with the European’s only success in that spell coming way back in 2002. 
 
No-one saw what was coming. 

Germany , ranked 13th in the world, were up against it from the very start. The locals excitedly roared the Brazilians onto the court, leaving no-one in any doubt where affections lay in Barueri. 
 
 Nerves flooded through both teams early on with cheap points traded, especially on serve. Brazil’s attack and defense, however, soon came to the fore with Ana Carolina Da Silva and Tandara Caixeta beginning to rack up the points. 
 
Germany were starting to get blown away but Lisa Grundig’s blocking showed was what possible despite the power and precision facing them from across the net. Felix Koslowski urged his troops to keep calm and try to stay in the game. 
 
The problem was, however, that the Brazilians had an answer for everything. Suelen , operating in a defensive libero role, threw herself everywhere producing some remarkable saves as Brazil eased towards winning the first set. 
 
The excitable yellow hordes in the stands roared their approval. Ana Beatriz - who ended up with 10 points - was adding the attacking power to Suelen’s continually heroic rearguard.

Germany, to their credit , continued to have their moments. 
 
Jennifer Geerties’ power was on show yet Brazil mixed it up perfectly , their blend of strength and finesse was hugely impressive yet midway through the second, the Europeans were 13-9 ahead.

Koslowski’s hopes of salvaging the match were on a knife edge. 
 
He called a time-out at 17-17 in the hope of refocusing minds for the final stretch in the second set. And what a rollercoaster ending it was. Germany could smell the finish line at 20-18 but Brazil refused to buckle. 
 
Ana Beatriz’s all-round game kept the hosts alive and helped them sneak into a 22-21 lead. It was a crucial juncture of the match and Germany’s chance had arrived. 

A disputed call which ultimately proved correct thanks to a video replay saw them push ahead 23-22 and when the set point came, Marie Scholzel sealed the deal. 
 
 Game very much on. 
 
If Brazil didn’t think they were in a match after that first set procession, they did now , especially as the Germans continued their good work and established an early 10-6 lead.

Worried Ze Roberto called a time-out , desperate to try and keep the German tide at bay but Brazil were struggling to regain a foothold. 
 
A mix of solidity and Brazilian errors were proving very costly for the home team.

Koslowski’s side were beginning to believe and when Maren Fromm unleashed an 81 kph spike to make it 19-13, there seemed no way back for Ze Roberto who saw Brazil stunned when Suelen failed to keep out the irrepressible Lippmann and co. 
 
The crowd had been silenced. They needed to wake up though and , all of a sudden at the start of the crucial fourth set, the volume was well and truly turned up. 
 
Brazil fought hard but the momentum was with the Germans who amazingly held out for the most famous of victories, sealed with a blistering 100 kph spike.

 

:JPN  Japan 0-3 :SRB Serbia

 

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Barueri, Brazil, May 15, 2018 - Tijana Boskovic overpowered Japan with some fierce attacking intent as Serbia began their VNL campaign in style with a comprehensive 3-0 triumph (25-18 25-17 25-22 ). 

 
Boskovic , who finished an impressive display with 19 points, was the focal point for Terzic Zoran’s Rio 2016 silver medallists along with Brankica Mihajlovic (13 points and two blocks) , their strength of spike and general energetic display was simply too hot to handle for a Japanese side who battled hard on what was a testing first outing. 
 
Wing spiker Sarina Koga kept the Asian champions in the tie and finished with 10 points yet it wasn’t enough to stop Boskovic who dominated from start to finish. 
 
Japan’s journey to their own Olympic games in 2020 starts here but this was a chastening experience for Kumi Nakada’s team who are currently ranked no6 in the world.

With the reigning European champions locking horns with Asia’a finest, this clash was always going to be entertaining - and so it proved. 
 
In last year’s World Grand Prix meeting, Serbia won 3-0 while in 2016, the Japanese triumphed in straight sets.

Following Brazil’s shock defeat to Germany in the previous match, this was the perfect chance for one of these big guns of the women’s game to take control of Pool Four. 
 
And it was Serbia who set down their marker in the first set, easing into a 19-13 lead
as the Europeans showed just why they’re ranked fourth in the world with some strong attacking intent led by the towering Boskovic, whose spikes were being recorded at over 100 kph. 
 
Japan fought hard to claw their way back in and saved three set points and although some desperate defense kept Serbia at bay , it wasn’t enough and with just 23 minutes on the clock, the Europeans were ahead. 
 
It was more of the same in the second set with the Serbian rearguard , led by Mihajlovic and Stefana Veljkovic ( four blocks) refusing to allow Japan - who had Arisa Inoue and Koga fighting for everything - a way back into the match while Boskovic continued her ruthless finishing. 
 
The opposite spiker, who plays her club volleyball in Istanbul, was the focal point of Serbia’s attacking game and at points, the Japanese employed two players at the net to try and repel her scorching power. 
 
At 17-11, Japan were once again facing an almighty battle to stay in the set. Serbian errors - at that stage the count was 6-1 - were giving their opponents a helping hand but the physicality and brute force of the Serbian spikes were very hard to repel for the Japanese.

Zoran, the coach who led that emotional charge to the Olympic final, would have been delighted with his side’s display from both an attacking and defensive standpoint. 
 
Rallies which really should have been lost were being won while Boskovic continued to be a constant threat. 
 
In a repeat of the first set, Japan repelled two set points but it was left to Boskovic once again to put the Serbs within one set of a strong start to the VNL campaign.

Japan , the London 2012 bronze medallists , needed something special now. 
 
While enjoying huge success in Asian tournaments, competing on the world stage hasn’t been as straightforward despite being crowned world champions three times between 1962 and 1974. 
 
 
Their last medal at this level came in the form of silver in 2010 yet at least the third set was more competitive and Zoran was forced to bring his team off for a time out and a regroup with the score at 17-13 to Japan. 
 
Middle blocker Haruyo Shimamura was finding her feet and causing a few problems but the Serbians wouldn’t lie down, clawing their way level at 18-18 before eventually running out deserved winners.

Japan will meet Brazil next while the Serbians take on the confident Germans.


 :ITA Italy 0-3 :TUR Turkey

 

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Lincoln, United States, May 15, 2018 - Meryem Boz spearheaded a power-packed performance as Turkey began its Volleyball Nations League campaign in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 victory over Italy (25-21, 25-21, 25-20).

Boz was too much for the Italians to handle as her strength and precision accounted for 16 attacking points. The opposite spiker also contributed a pair of telling blocks and was ably backed up by Zehra Gunes, who racked up a further 10 points on offense.

Defensively, libero Simge Sebnam Akoz was a constant source of dedication and energy, as Giovanni Guidetti’s team, featuring 11 debutants out of its 14-strong squad, clicked immediately to begin three days of vital action in Nebraska.

For Italy, using a youthful group in its opening fixtures in order to allow its veterans extra rest time at the end of the European club campaign, Anastasia Guerra collected 10 points but was unable to stem Turkey’s growing momentum.

The crowd at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at the University of Nebraska were keenly anticipating watching the United States in later action, but were given a bonus treat by a Turkey squad that served notice of its plans to makes waves in the tournament.

The Turks, ranked 12th in the world, started full of energy and optimism and stormed into an early lead in the opener, rattling off the first five points and setting the tone for the afternoon.

Boz and Gunes were both firing and Cansu Ozbay began quickly, however, two clutch blocks from Marina Lubian kept Italy competitive despite having left themselves a mountain to climb.

Neither side needed any reminding as to how pivotal the second set could be, and so it proved. The set was wildly entertaining, filled with dramatic action, plus, on several occasions, desperate defence.

Italy was finally beginning to find their stride and having trailed for the entire first frame, opened up their first set led of the match when Guerra’s block put them 7-6 up.

Turkey were not to be denied, however, and worked their way into the set with the help of an outstanding run of form from Akoz. At 7-9, Akoz produced a headlong dive to slide her hand beneath a loose ball that ultimately needed video replay to verify. Moments later she was instrumental again, reeling off three saves to clinch a 26-second rally that had coach Guidetti pumping his fist in support.

The end of the set was all offense, with Boz providing the fireworks, taking Turkey’s spike advantage to 16-9 by the time it was over. When Meliha Ismailoglu capped a magical point with a reflex dig followed by the point-winning block, Turkey was 22-19 ahead and Italy’s resistance seemed to be broken.

Yet Italy’s youngsters were in no mood to go down without a fight and knew that time was running out. Some heavy serving from Rossella Olivotto set up a 10-6 buffer in the third and injected a much-needed lift, but there was simply no denying Turkey.

When things got tough, it was time to turn to Boz once more, who pulled things level at 13-13 with two points that summed up the guile and diversity in her game - with a clever tip followed by a brutal spike - as Italy coach Davide Mazzanti paced the sidelines in frustration.

The end was near and when Camilla Mingardi served long at match point Turkey had made a dream start to its VNL campaign. Italy, ranked seven, will hope to rebound against Poland on Wednesday, while Turkey will try to take its hot form into its clash with the USA.


 :POL Poland 1-3 :USA United States

 

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Lincoln, United States, May 15, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley’s attacking firepower helped the United States survive an unexpected thriller and make a winning start in the Volleyball Nations League thanks to a hard-fought 3-1 (28-26, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15) victory over a plucky Poland side. 

 
Bartsch-Hackley was the focal point of the American offense and racked up 25 kills in front of an enthusiastic Nebraska crowd, with home favorite Jordan Larson providing strong support with 20 total points of her own. 
 
USA head coach Karch Kiraly was thankful for their contribution as Poland, ranked 22 and given little chance ahead of their clash with the reigning world champions, put up a tenacious fight to cause the hosts some serious concerns. 
 
Malwina Smarzek was the driving force behind Poland’s bid for an upset, racking up 22 offensive points, while Martyna Grajber mixed strong leaping ability with savvy defense to keep her team in contention. 
 
While the Americans ultimately proved too strong, Tuesday’s action showed that despite home court advantage at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Kiraly’s team may not have things all their own way during the first round of matches. 
 
One thing he can count on though, is passionate support, with the audience especially keen to cheer on former University of Nebraska trio Larson, Justine Wong-Orantes and Kelsey Robinson. 
 
The first set was a classic, and could easily have fallen to either team. The USA went to Bartsch-Hackley time and again down the stretch, but her exploits were being matched with just as much ferocity by Smarzek. 
 
Larson had to sit briefly after sustaining a grazed hand while diving into the boards to rescue a deflected ball and Poland was fighting for every point. Ultimately however, experience counted, and Kelly Murphy finished off a nail-biter with two strong spikes to clinch the set. 
 
The second was nearly as tense, and up until the very end, the USA again found it difficult to shake clear. The composure in the young and inexperienced Polish team was on display again as Natalia Medrzyk rose spectacularly to knock down an American attempt to flip the ball over her head, giving her team a 19-18 lead. 
 
However, the heavy hitters on the home side held their nerve exactly when it mattered. Bartsch-Hackley was back at the net at the crucial time and her teammates continued to set her up whenever possible. 
 
Larson, constantly threatening, finished off the set with a big spike - and a sigh of relief.
Poland coach Jacek Nawrocki was rightly proud of his team’s efforts but neither he, nor his team, was done yet. 
 
Smarzek looked to be tiring but Nawrocki turned to his bench and it paid dividends as Poland crept into a 16-15 lead.
Just when the Americans looked to have the answers again, with a Carli Lloyd ace and some deft touch from Bartsch-Hackley putting them back in front 21-19, Poland went on a spectacular surge.  
 
Julia Nowicka, a 19-year-old setter, twice stunned Bartsch-Hackley to block fierce spikes straight back to the American side.
A couple of errors later, and the USA had surrendered the set, with Kiraly shaking his head in bemusement at the unlikely turnaround. 
 
The coach, an Olympic champion both indoors and on the beach, urged his troops his “reload and re-engage” and, in the fourth, they did.
Some tight early exchanges were followed by a strong American surge, as the visitors finally ran out of steam. 
 
Larson finished emphatically and this time there was no answer, as the USA sealed victory by a 10-point margin in the fourth and will now take on Turkey, who beat Italy on day one.
Poland will aim to build upon their strong performance against the Italians, on Wednesday.

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PRELIMINARY ROUND STANDINGS
after 1 played match

System:
1. CHINA is automaticaly qualified as final 6 Host.
2. TOP 5 TEAMS after the preliminary round qualify for the final round.
3. If China is among the top 5 teams , THE 6-th RANKED TEAM also qualifies.

4. The 12 CORE TEAMS can not be relegated.

4. The WEAKEST PLACED  CHALLENGER team may be relegated from the competition if they lose the relegation playoff against the FIVB Challenger Cup (to be  played at a later date) winner.

Tie-Break Criteria:

1.Matches Won/Lost Ratio (MW/ML)
2. Points Achieved (3 PTS = 3:0 or 3:1 win ; 2 PTS = 3:2 win ; 1PTS = 2:3 defeat ; 0PTS = 0:3 or 1:3 defeat)
3. Set Ratio.

 

 

  Nation MW ML PTS SET 
1. :CHN  QUALIFIED 1 0 3 3:0
2. :NED  1 0 3 3:0
3. :SRB  1 0 3 3:0
4. :BEL  CHALLENGER 1 0 3 3:0
5. :TUR  1 0 3 3:0
6. :RUS  1 0 3 3:1
7. :USA  1 0 3 3:1
8. :GER  1 0 3 3:1
9. :BRA  0 1 0 1:3
10. :POL CHALLENGER 0 1 0 1:3
11. :ARG CHALLENGER 0 1 0 1:3
12. :ITA  0 1 0 0:3
13 :KOR  0 1 0 0:3
14 :JPN  0 1 0 0:3
15 :THA  0 1 0 0:3
16 :DOM CHALLENGER 0 1 0 0:3

 

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Day 02
:KORSOUTH KOREA 3-2 :DOM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (26-24 / 25-27 / 21-25 / 25-14 / 25-12)

 

 

 

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3:0 is ok, but not that good match for our team, Japan is joke :d

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For the first time I am feeling a European team: a player having to play alone in the attack. Poor Tandara. :lol:

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